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Getting there & away

The easiest way to travel between Urgench and Khiva is by marshrutka or shared taxi from the stand by the trolleybus stop, just outside the North Gate (marshrutka/taxi per seat 500/800S, 45 minutes). Keep off the interminable trolleybus (250S, two hours), which terminates inconveniently short of Urgench.

A couple of late-morning to early-afternoon private buses per day depart when full to Tashkent (13, 000S, 19 hours) via Samarkand and Bukhara from the Koy-Darvoza Gate, east of the city. If you are heading east your best bet is to go to Urgench and pick up a shared taxi there.